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Date: 09/06/21 15:03
Amtrak #5 near Emigrant Gap 1991
Author: gonx

Amtrak #5 leaving Emigrant Gap CA (Donner Pass)

April 1991

This was taken between Fulda and the center siding at the 'Gap as Espee used to call it.

Thank you for looking.

-Lee

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Date: 09/06/21 19:10
Re: Amtrak #5 near Emigrant Gap 1991
Author: ProAmtrak

Nice video, I miss how Amtrak was back then!



Date: 09/07/21 01:43
Re: Amtrak #5 near Emigrant Gap 1991
Author: mp51w

Nice video transfer to digital!  Thanks for posting.



Date: 09/07/21 01:57
Re: Amtrak #5 near Emigrant Gap 1991
Author: jp1822

I think some period between the mid80s and early90s was the heyday of Amtrak in some regards. It was run more like a passenger railroad with a "balanced system" of LD and corridors (or emerging corridors at least). Ironic too, that Graham Claytor was President then.............someone who had previous operated a railroad.........



Date: 09/09/21 07:05
Re: Amtrak #5 near Emigrant Gap 1991
Author: KA7008

jp1822 Wrote:
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> I think some period between the mid80s and
> early90s was the heyday of Amtrak in some regards.
> It was run more like a passenger railroad with a
> "balanced system" of LD and corridors (or emerging
> corridors at least). Ironic too, that Graham
> Claytor was President then.............someone who
> had previous operated a railroad.........

Agreed.  Balanced in terms of mail and express income too.



Date: 09/09/21 09:52
Re: Amtrak #5 near Emigrant Gap 1991
Author: IC_2024

Thanks, Lee, for sharing this fine video! I might’ve been back working on the train crew that day, too, since I started working the CZ in ‘86.
Totally agree w/ the assessment of the late 80’s to early 90’s as being some of the best at Amtrak, esp under Graham Claytor. The weakening leadership began w/ President Tom Downs, sadly. Ever since, despite some bright spots like the ex-Santa Fe RR’er David Gunn, it’s been quite rudderless. In the words of Fats Domino, “Ain’t that a shame”…



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